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Japan Airlines
日本航空株式会社
Nihon Kōkū Kabushikigaisha
Japan Airlines Logo (2011).svg
Founded 1 August 1951
Commenced operations 25 October 1951
Hubs
Alliance Oneworld
Fleet size 162
Destinations 92
Company slogan Fly into tomorrow.
Dream Skyward.
Headquarters Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Website jal.com

Japan Airlines is an airline founded in 1951. Its headquarters are in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan. The airline and four of its sub-airlines (J-Air, JAL Express, JALways, and Japan Transocean Air) are members of the Oneworld airline alliance. Japan Airlines currently goes to over 90 destinations.

JAL group operations include scheduled and non-scheduled international and domestic passenger and cargo services to 220 destinations in 35 countries worldwide. The group has a fleet of 279 aircraft. In the fiscal year ended 31 March 2009, the airline group carried over 52 million passengers and over 1.1 million tons of cargo and mail. .

History

Japan Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-11 Monty
Japan Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-11

JAL was established in 1951 and became the national airline of Japan in 1953. After over three decades of service and expansion, the airline was fully privatised in 1987. In 2002, the airline merged with Japan Air System, Japan's third-largest airline and became the sixth largest airline in the world by passengers carried. Japan Airlines is currently an official sponsor of Japan Football Association, Japan national football team, Shimizu S-Pulse and Consadole Sapporo. All Nippon Airways, the largest airline in Japan, is JAL's main competitor.

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